Just been giving the Nikon D810 a serious whirl.
I have had the D810 from its launch, having been a “Nikon Guy” since the mid 1980s. And one of the system’s most important lenses (to me, at least) is the the 70-200mm F/2.8 Nikkor.
Recently, though, I have been rather pre-occupied with my Leica’s, especially the new Q, which is a fantastic tool. So, it was good to go into “re-discovery mode”. The Nikon results are sharp, with a very nice bokeh, good noise handling, and very neutral colour (if a tad contrasty occasionally). And the D810 with the Nikkor is super easy to handle, with what must be the quietest shutter on a DSLR. The D810 has fast autofocus even in challenging light, and I especially enjoy the 5-point group setting.
I had also forgotten how well balanced the ergonomics are. Much as I love my Leica’s, Nikon rules, here. The critical camera controls are all set the old fashioned way, on the fly, without resorting to menus, and without taking your eye from the finder. I also tend to hold the Nikon by its grip, slung low when carrying, and it always feels secure.
Last weekend I went along to Westonbirt to take an autumn series. Later, back home I thought I would also experiment with different processing.
First, pretty much as shot, slightly cropped and levels adjusted to bring detail to the highlights. The sensor and in-camera processor in the D810 is maybe not quite as “forgiving” as the Leica Q in dynamic range, but seems ahead of my Leica M-P.
Of course, shooting a Nikkor zoom against a Noctilux prime is a bit unfair, but I am sometimes tempted to post images without saying which camera and lens was used, and see what happens!
Then, using Color Efex Pro, increasing the drama, colour and tension in the shot.
And, finally, with Tonality Pro, my current favourite B&W processing tool.
I actually think I like this the most …
Shot taken at 200mm, 1/8000th, F/4.0, ISO 1250